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Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos Mount Rushmore: Tim Raines

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos Mount Rushmore

John Lepore | May 13th, 2020

A franchise that has only been around since 1969 has a limited amount of players to choose from. Especially a franchise that hasn’t had much success until recently. Nevertheless, we will choose the four players to have their faces immortalized on the Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos Mount Rushmore.

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MLB’s Best Pitching Rotations of the Past Decade (Part Two)

Joel Dorcas | April 8th, 2022

Hopefully, everyone is enjoying these top-10 pieces. We are trying our best to provide content while we wait for play to resume. Let’s explore the best of the best as we count down to numero uno. These explorations are always up for debate, let us know your favorite starting five of the last 10 years! Continue reading

MLB’s Best Pitching Rotations of the Past Decade (Part One)

Joel Dorcas | April 7th, 2020

This quarantine has turned into compiling lists of best and worst for me as we have no present-day gameplay to write about. My focus has been on the NHL lately, let’s change gears and take a crack at baseball. One of my favorite things about the sport is the construction of rotations and batting orders/ lineups. First up will be Starting Rotations. (Feel free to comment with your favorites/ ones that should be on the list).We will break it up into two parts. Continue reading

Washington Nationals 2020 Season Preview

Sam Schneider  | April 2nd, 2020

It’s been a long offseason. Aside from the delay of baseball due to the ever-growing concern over Covid19, there were also a lot of developments with respect to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Fines, bans, and firings that made for an eventful offseason but also lent itself to the feeling that it has been particularly drawn out. Continue reading

Fantasy Baseball Rankings: The Top 20 Shortstops

Matt Bishop | February 29, 2020

It’s almost baseball season and Shortstop is deep. In fact, there are 14 shortstops that are being drafted within the Top 100 players this season. With an abundance of talent at the position this year, there are at least 15 shortstops that are serviceable as your #1 option, in my opinion. If you miss out on an elite option at the position, no need to panic as you can wait a bit to grab a potential bounce back.

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Anthony Rendon Signs With the Los Angeles Angels

John Lepore | December 12th, 2019

Anthony Rendon has signed with the Los Angeles Angels for 7-yrs/$245 million. There are no deferred payments, he has a full no-trade clause and there are no opt-outs. The former Washington Nationals third baseman has been one of the best in the game for a few years now. Let’s take a look at what he brings to his new squad.

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Stephen Strasburg Returns To Nationals

Daniel Corrigan| December 10th, 2019

The Nationals are bringing back former number one overall pick and 2019 World Series MVP, Stephen Strasburg on a record-breaking seven-year, $245 million contract.

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World Series Champions Washington Nationals 2019 Season Recap

Alex Kielar | November 14th, 2019 

The Nationals did it. They did the unpredictable (although our very own Johnnie Black predicted it prior to the season, so ask him for the lottery numbers) and won their first World Series. They overcame every obstacle imaginable to do it, from starting the season 19-31 to winning the Wild Card game in come-from-behind fashion against Reliever of the Year Josh Hader to beating the extremely tough competition in the Dodgers and Astros in seven games, and more. So how did the Nationals overcome all the odds (0.1% chance to win the World Series in May) to win it all? Let’s get further into their season. Continue reading

Final Destination: Where Will Stephen Strasburg Go?

John Lepore | November 3rd, 2019

Stephen Strasburg has opted out of the remaining four years of his contract with the Washington Nationals. The World Series MVP is now a free agent. So after walking away from $100 million, where will the 31-year-old righty go now? Let’s take a look at the likely destinations.

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Nationals Win First Title, A World Series Recap

Daniel Corrigan | November 2nd, 2019

It took seven games, but the Nationals have won their first-ever championship taking down the 107 win Houston Astros.

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MLB DFS: World Series Game Seven

John Lepore | October 30th, 2019

Well, folks. Here it is. The final game of the MLB season. The last chance to play MLB DFS for five months. Of course, we still have plenty of DFS coverage for the NHL and NFL, but let’s take a look at some values and see if we can finish the 2019 MLB season on a winning note.

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MLB DFS – World Series Game Six: Showdown Picks

Joey Ricotta | October 29th, 2019 

Heading back to Houston for Game Six of the World Series, the road team has won every game thus far. It’s the first time the road team has won every game through five games of the World Series since 1996. The Washington Nationals look to make it six straight games and force an always exciting, must-see, winner take all, Game Seven. But in order to do so, they’ll need to get a great outing from Stephen Strasburg and be able to put a dent into Justin Verlander. Continue reading

Weekly Gambling Picks

Daniel Corrigan | October 29th, 2019

I’m waaaaayyyyy down on the past two World Series games, but don’t let that distract you that I went 27-14-1 last week. I’m back with more picks. More overs, locks, underdogs, and everything in between. Let’s get rich.

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MLB DFS: World Series Game Four

John Lepore | October 26th, 2019

Last night the Houston Astros got their first win of the series behind a solid performance from Zack Greinke. Tonight they will look to even the series at two games apiece. Let’s see what players we should have in our MLB DFS lineups.

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MLB DFS: World Series Game Three

John Lepore | October 25th, 2019

The Washington Nationals are two games away from claiming the first World Series in the nation’s capital since 1924. They are home and surely are looking to close the series out, lest they return to Houston for a game six and/or seven. Let’s see what tonight will bring in MLB DFS.

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MLB DFS: World Series Game Two

John Lepore | October 23rd, 2019

The Washington Nationals took Game One of the World Series from the Houston Astros last night 5-4. Tonight we get another great pitching matchup as Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg will take the bump. Let’s check out our options for the Showdown.

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MLB DFS – World Series Game One Picks

Joey Ricotta | October 22nd, 2019 

This is it. This is what we’ve all been waiting for. This is the reason they play the game. This is…..The Fall Classic. If you haven’t yet done so, check out our World Series Preview here.

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The Tom Greene Podcast: World Series Preview with Johnnie Black

Tom Greene | October 22nd, 2019

The World Series is here! The Astros and Nats, just like our @jball0202 predicted, have made it. So, I brought back the Nostradamus of Baseball to the program to break down this series.

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World Series Preview: Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals

Daniel Corrigan | October 22nd, 2019

The Fall Classic is finally upon us. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals will face off in this year’s World Series. This is the second time in three years for the Astros and the first-ever appearance by the Washington Nationals. The Astros finished off the Yankees in six games in the ALCS and the Nationals swept their way past the Cardinals in the NLCS.

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MLB DFS – NLCS & ALCS Two-Game Slate GPP Picks

Joey Ricotta | October 15th, 2019

Last night didn’t exactly go the way I thought it would. But that’s what makes baseball so great, right? We just never know what’s going to happen. The St. Louis Cardinals are on the verge of elimination and the Washington Nationals are one game away from childhood dreams. Before that, the New York Yankees will host the Houston Astros for what will be Game Three of the ALCS. The series is currently tied at one game apiece and this sets up to be a critical swing game. As the title reads, these picks are more for GPPs/tournaments. For cash games, you may want to use a different strategy and take a safer approach. Without further ado, let’s get to the picks.

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MLB DFS – NLCS Game Three: Showdown Slate

Joey Ricotta     | October 14th, 2019

Well, the first two games of the series were very much in favor of the Washington Nationals, as they stymied the St. Louis Cardinals’ offense and held them to only one run and four hits in the first two games combined. Things won’t get any easier for the Redbirds tonight. They’ll have the difficult task of attempting to barrel up Stephen Strasburg. The one thing going for them that they didn’t have in the first two games is Jack Flaherty. Whenever you can send your ace to the mound, you have to feel like you have a shot. Continue reading

MLB DFS: Championship Series Two-Game Slate

John Lepore | October 12th, 2019

Today we have both Championship Series going. The Washington Nationals will play Game Two in St. Louis today after shutting down the Cardinals last night. The Houston Astros will host the New York Yankees as their series gets started. Let’s see who should get the nod in your MLB DFS lineups today.

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NLCS Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Nationals

John Lepore | October 11th, 2019

The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals both won their series despite playing three games on the road. The Cards exploded for 10 runs in the first inning in Game Five against the Atlanta Braves basically ending Game Five before it barely started. The Nats had to fight a bit more. Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto hit homers off Clayton Kershaw in the eighth inning to tie the game. Howie Kendrick then blasted a Grand Slam in the tenth to take Game Five 7-3 in Los Angeles. Let’s take a look at how these two underdogs stack up against each other.

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MLB DFS: NLDS Game Five Slate

John Lepore | October 9th, 2019

It all comes down to this for the four teams in the National League. Two will move on, and two will go home. Two teams will feel the thrill of victory, and two will know the agony of defeat. Okay, screw it. No more cliches. We’re here to make money, so let’s get down to it.

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MLB DFS – Money Monday Picks

Joey Ricotta | October 7th, 2019

With all four divisional series games on the docket today, we’ll touch on a few players you can use for DFS lineups. Whether you’re playing the Classic or Showdown style contests, these players are options. No more introduction and straight to the picks. Here are my favorites for today’s games.

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MLB DFS: NLDS Slate

John Lepore | October 3rd, 2019

With only two games today, we will cover players rather than individual slates. DraftKings has the two-game Classic and also Showdowns for each game. We will cover just general plays that should be in your lineups no matter which games you decide to play. So let’s get at it.

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MLB DFS – NL Wild Card Game: Showdown Slate

Joey Ricotta | October 1st, 2019 

Let the fun begin. Playoffs? You’re talking about…playoffs? Yes, Jim Mora. Yes, we are. The best time of the year. Soon all four major sports will be playing at the same time. We can go back and forth discussing and arguing whether Major League Baseball should keep its current one-game Wild Card playoff setup, but the fact of the matter is, it’s downright entertaining. It’s exciting to watch two teams fight it out, with it all on the line, in a winner-take-all single-elimination style game. You never know what’s going to happen. The amount of drama and emotion hanging on the balance of every pitch is what makes baseball the greatest game in the world.

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2019 NL Wildcard Game Preview: A Battle of Resilient Teams

Frank Ammirante  | October 1st, 2019 

Overcoming Adversity

The Washington Nationals entered the 2019 MLB season with tempered expectations after a long-time franchise player, Bryce Harper, signed with the Phillies in the off-season. They looked to be headed for a disappointing season, stumbling to a 19-31 record after 50 games. But despite losing Harper and struggling early in the season, this was still a talented team, with star hitters like Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, and Juan Soto, as well as a trio of aces atop their starting rotation in Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and new arrival Patrick Corbin. Continue reading

MLB Wild Card-Division Series Preview with Alex Kielar and Johnnie Black

Tom Greene | October 2nd, 2019 

The MLB Postseason is here! I brought in Yankee fan @AlexKielar and @jball0202 to break down the early rounds of the Postseason.
We begin with surprise and disappointment teams, then break down the Wild Card games. We also ask, “Should the Wild Card round be one game or a best of 3?”
Afterward, we break down the Division Series and hand out the awards.
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Two-Start Pitchers: Week 22 and Streamer of the Week

Matt Bishop | September 1, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Mitch Keller, SP PIT 

(37% CBS, 4% ESPN, 9% Yahoo)

9/03: Miami Marlins (48 – 87) Last in NL East

9/08: St. Louis Cardinals (75 – 59) 1st in NL Central

Firmly solidified as the Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect and ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball, Mitch Keller carries an electric skill set and an array of plus offerings. But since his callup on 5/27, the results have been lack-luster, pitching to a butt clenching 8.62 ERA 1.98 WHIP. While his 11.86 K/9 is encouraging, Keller has never really been known for his control, which is evident from his 3.45 BB/9. This is slightly higher than his 2.83 BB/9 minor league career mark, but not terrible for his first exposure to major league hitters. Continue reading

Week 21 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | August 27th, 2019

Not too many shake-ups in this weeks power rankings. We do have some change in the middle, but the teams listed are the ones that we will see playing in October.

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September Call-Ups: NL East Edition

Alex Kielar| Aug 27th, 2019 

With September looming and pennant races tightening, it’s almost time for major league rosters to expand from 25 to 40. So I am going to give you a series of articles breaking down the likely most impactful September Call-Ups for all 30 teams. Now for the National League East. Continue reading

Week 20 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan |August 20, 2019

We are slowly approaching September Call ups. This is how the top contenders have ranked in the Week 20 power rankings.

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MLB All-Decade Team: 2010s

Alex Kielar  Aug 14th, 2019

The 2019 MLB season is now in its stretch run, closing out the final year of this decade. So I thought it would be fun to put together a team of the best players by position for the 2010s All-Decade Team. A couple picks are definitely no-brainers, with others being tougher to come to a decision. Without further ado, here we go. Let the arguments commence. Continue reading

Post Trade Deadline Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan |August 5th, 2019

Barring any late-season injuries, the final rosters are set after the trade deadline has passed. A familiar face in the AL has soared right to the top and a surprise team is slowly making its way into the top 10. Here are the new rankings.

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MLB DFS: Pitching, Core Value Plays, and Stacks for July 29, 2019

Joey Ricotta | July 29th, 2019

Ah, here we are, Monday. The terrific feeling of the weekend ending and work beginning again, said no one ever. But do you know something people actually say? They’d like to win some money playing daily fantasy. Who cares that it’s Monday? Some of the best and most profitable slates of the year have been Monday nights. Let’s hope that is the case tonight as I’ve done some research and dissected some players to consider using. Take a look at some pitching options, core value plays, and stacks for tonight. Continue reading

Two-Start Pitchers: Week 17 (7/29 – 8/04)

Matt Bishop | July 29, 2019

STREAMER OF THE WEEK

Tyler Beede, SP SF

(36% CBS, 7% ESPN, 11% Yahoo)

Tyler Beede’s seasonal stat line leaves much to be desired.  Currently pitching to a 4.85 ERA 1.48 WHIP with an 8.6 K/9, he doesn’t really stand out as a highly touted waiver wire add. But since the calendar has turned to July, he seems to be putting it together:

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MLB DFS: Locks, Core Hitters, BvP, and Stacks for July 23, 2019

Joey Ricotta| July 23rd, 2019

You have to risk it to get the biscuit. You’ve heard the saying before, but when it pertains to daily fantasy lineups it can be especially pertinent. With that said, I like the Miami Marlins again tonight against Dylan Covey as a lower-owned stack. Not quite sure we can use them in cash games, but let’s take a look at some players that we can. Continue reading

Week 17 Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 22nd, 2019

We have a new number one in the power rankings. It is a familiar face and should come as no surprise. With the trade deadline approaching, there is going to be some serious movement in the rankings as we approach the playoffs.

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Worst MLB Contracts: National League East

John Supowitz| July 19th, 2019

Washington Nationals 

Pitcher – Pitcher Stephen Strasburg – 7-year, $175 million

Before Contract (2010-2015) : 54-37 3.09 ERA

After Contract (2016-2019) : 51-19 3.27 ERA

Although one of the best pitchers, when he’s on the mound, being on the mound, has been the problem. Strasburg has had a long history with injuries; 2013 and currently this season are the only two when he has been on Injured List at some point. His last 30+ start season was 2014, and he’s only pitched over 200 innings one time. Continue reading

DraftKings Around the Horn July 18th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |July 18th, 2019

Welcome back to yet another edition of Around the Horn. If you are a fan of high scoring, homer-happy baseball you are in your glory this season. The ball continues to fly out of the park at a record-breaking pace and nothing suggests that this won’t continue until the postseason. As for DFS, we don’t really care how the game plays out, as long as we pick the right players, if not, well, most of us are fans regardless. Enough of the pre-game talk, let’s burn around the bases, and go Around the Horn!

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Week 16 Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 16th, 2019

 

The Trade deadline is quickly approaching. Most of these teams listed will look different in two weeks. But for now, let’s rank them as is.

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Buy High, Trade Targets and High Floor Waiver Wire Adds

Matt Bishop | July 12, 2019

I am wrong a lot. I was wrong when I said Matt Strahm had an elite skill set and proceeded to pitch to a 9.00 ERA since June 20 and get demoted to the bullpen. I was wrong when I called Kole Calhoun a league winner only to watch him hit .227 with a .764 OPS and 100 wRC+ since June 3. And I was way off base when I called Jose Peraza a serviceable SS option the rest of the season after turning in a dreadful .755 OPS and 95 wRC+ since April 25. But no matter how off base these claims can be, 3 out of 10 in baseball ain’t bad. Good luck and godspeed. Continue reading

Team Grades: National League East

Givanni Damico | July 11th, 2019

The NL East is going about how you would expect it. The Nationals started out terribly but have gone back on track, while the Braves have been consistently leading the division for almost the entire year. The Phillies aren’t doing as well as many would have thought with how good they did in free agency, while the Mets are disappointing as usual. Wait, is there another team in this division? Oh right, the Marlins. They’re pretty bad, but honestly, they’re outperforming expectations due to young pitching that has been doing very well.

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Post All-Star Break Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 10th, 2019

 

We are officially back to real baseball. A wonderful weekend in Cleveland has come to an end, and we have teams to rank. Continue reading

MLB DFS: Cash Core and Stacks for July 7, 2019

Joey Ricotta | July 7th, 2019

The holiday weekend is almost over. So, let’s try to end it on a high note by making some DFS cash. Here are some of my favorite cash game core plays and stacks for today’s games. Continue reading

MLB DraftKings Around the Horn July 4th, 2019

Joel Dorcas |July 4th, 2019

Happy Independence Day! What better way to spend your holiday than watching baseball and playing daily fantasy. Summer is just getting started and the mid-summer classic is just around the corner. By now we have a pretty good handle on who we can count on for production so let’s keep grinding out solid lineups. Put on the spikes kids, we’re going Around the Horn! Continue reading

Locks, Stacks, and Barrels: MLB DFS for July 3, 2019

John Lepore | July 3rd, 2019

The baseball season is a grind. It’s every single day. We will approach DFS the same way and be winners at the end of the season even if we have our hot streaks and slumps. Every day there are safe bets that flop and values that hit big, but we need to stick with our strategy in evaluating and playing. Let’s take a look at what we have today.

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Week 13 MLB Power Rankings

Daniel Corrigan | July 2nd, 2019

 

 

1. New York Yankees (54 – 28)

New York Yankees Franchise Logo

The Yankees went to London and promptly kicked ass. They scored 29 runs over the pond. The Yankees are red-hot and with a healthy (sort of) team, we can only watch as they get hotter.

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MLB DFS: Pitching and Core Targets for June 25, 2019

Joey Ricotta | June 25th, 2019

You need to set your lineups. So, let’s get right into some picks for this huge Tuesday night slate of games. Continue reading